Support for LGBT+ veterans

Return of Medals:

The MOD is returning medals to those who were discharged from the Armed Forces because of their sexuality.  

If you forfeited a medal on your discharge, or were prevented from regaining one by further service you can now apply to have your medal returned.

Where available service records will be examined to ensure a veteran meets the requirements. Discharge, and the forfeiture of medials must have been been primarily due to sexuality. 

See more details and a link to the application form.

Health support:

The NHS provides information for gay and bisexual men, and for lesbian and bisexual women. Topics include sex facts,  sexual health support, and links to further help around any questions you may have.

For young people there is also advice if you are not sure of your sexuality. This includes information around coming out, bullying, and names of organisations that can provide support. 

Service LGBT networks:

The Service LGBT Networks represent the LGBT community in the Armed Forces. They provide policy and inclusion advice, as well as confidential advice and support to individuals on a range of issues, including coming out, health, bullying and harassment, housing, relationships and families.

They organise social functions, conferences and networking events, and participate in several regional Pride marches.

Visit the Army LGBT Forum and join on Facebook

Visit the RAF LGBT Freedom Network on Facebook and on Twitter.

Visit the Royal Navy Compass Network on Facebook and on Twitter.

Support organisations:

The Royal British Legion created its first LGBT+ and Allies branch in 2018. It aims to recognise the contribution of LGBT+ people who have served in the military and encourage them to seek the support they need.

Both the Royal British Legion and its sister organisation Legion Scotland provide advice and support to their members on a wide range of topics, including money, pensions and benefits, care, independent living, employment and social support.

The LGBT+ and Allies branch is open to serving and former members of the Armed Forces, and civilians, across the UK.

For more information or to become a member, visit their website  or contact them on 0808 802 8080. You can also find them on Facebook .

The RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) has a strong tradition of looking after the RAF Family in the UK and overseas. They support all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children. They provide relationship support for those who are single, in a couple or going through a separation. Their services include counselling, mediation and online help.

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